Alenquer Municipality, Portugal

Alenquer Municipality, Portugal

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Alenquer Municipality, Portugal

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Alenquer () is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 304.2 km² and a total population of 42,932 inhabitants. The municipality is composed of 16 parishes, and is located in the District of Lisbon.

The present Mayor is Jorge Riso, elected by the Socialist Party.


The name Alenquer is said to derive from the Germanic "Alen Ker" meaning the Temple of the Alans, and the city itself is, legend says, is said to have been established by the Alanian king Attaces.Milhazes, José. - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal in Portuguese.. The Alans' dog, the Alaunt, is represented in the city's coat of arms. This is nothing but a legend, though, as there have been settlemenst in the area before Roman times in Portuguese., and these were also established there, namely in the location of Ierabriga or Lerabriga in Portuguese.. The city's castle, however, may have been established by the Alans, or maybe the Visigoths in Portuguese..

Alenquer received its Foral in 1212 by the hand of Infanta (Princess) Sancha, Lady of Alenquer, daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal.


  • Abrigada
  • Aldeia Galega da Merceana
  • Aldeia Gavinha
  • Cabanas de Torres
  • Cadafais
  • Carnota
  • Carregado
  • Meca
  • Olhalvo
  • Ota
  • Pereiro de Palhacana
  • Ribafria
  • Santo Estêvão (Alenquer)
  • Triana (Alenquer)
  • Ventosa
  • Vila Verde dos Francos

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